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• The following report is received from borders
at the crossing near Bitala: At 0430, three
vehicles driving at high speed led by a large
black luxury automobile crashed through the
Macedonian customs barriers. Two vehicles,
land-rover types, which appeared to be official
Greek vehicles, were apparently in hot pursuit
of the first car. Shots were exchanged by
those fleeing, the pursuing vehicles occupants,
and the border guards.
• The luxury, vehicle proceeded to Bitala, where
it crashed into a large tree. One occupant died
instantly, a second was injured, and the third
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• The pursuing “Greek” vehicle tried to remove the
injured man, but he was pinned in the front seat.
They tried to open the trunk but were
unsuccessful. Upon hearing the siren of the
border guards car, which was belatedly in
pursuit, they fled in both of their vehicles across
• As of 6 a.m., there was no trace of the man who
fled on foot or the two vehicles.
• When the trunk of the wrecked car was opened, a
large quantity of narcotics was found.
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• An unconfirmed report says one of the
local Bitali citizens, a baker, was taken by
the occupants of the two fleeing “land
rovers” as a hostage for their “safe
return.” This account is from the “town
drunk,” who had fallen asleep in a byway,
but was awakened by the commotion and
claims to have heard the message
delivered in broken Macedonian.
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